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|16 hours 55 min ago||Hope she responds w/Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind!||
Best wishes, enjoy the moment.
|16 hours 57 min ago||Shakespear in a POSBANG. Awesome.||
Thanks Mad Hatter.
Hate to introduce a down-note in the POSBANG proceedings, but did you see that one of our favorite POSBANG presences, the lovely Alison Brie, is now off the market?
But Alison's ready for the start of HARBAUGH:
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Your avatar is awesome, btw||
I have a journalist friend who writes about food and drink -- he recently toured all the big bourbon makers' distilleries, and got to wax-dip his own bottle of Maker's. I know, cool story, bro.
Cheers, and Happy Friday to all!
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Yikes, that is ugly||
Unless Devin Gardner latches on somewhere else, Jake Ryan might be the only guy on that list w/a shot at sticking long-term in the NFL. (Did Hagerup ever latch on w/a team in training camp via free agency?) Furman was drafted late by the Broncos -- he might have a shot to make the roster if he can show his worth on special teams. Marvin Robinson got a look w/the Cowboys in training camp last year, but I'm not sure what happened to him.
Even if you drop the standard from "Got a cup of coffee in the NFL" to "Was a solid starter or contributor at UM", that class looks bad in hindsight: Gardner, poor guy (what might've been?); Ryan; Jibreel Black, Courtney Avery, and Drew Dileo were also decent contributors at various points; Hagerup was good when he had his head on straight ... Stephen Hopkins, maybe. And that's pretty much it. Seven guys, if you're generous, out of 27.
Thank God we're putting that era of UM football behind us. HARBAUGH!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Bingo - the CEO head coach model is dead||
Besides Hoke, the best example of this is the rapid decline of Texas Longhorn football in the latter years of Mack Brown's tenure. The UT blog on SBNation had a pretty good post about the problem of the "CEO coach" a few years back:
"Coach Wonk is winning. And the Coach Administrator is reeling. [...] The most highly ranked and/or most resurgent programs in college football are being led by head coaches who serve as their own coordinator, or are as good or better at the job than the junior men they've tasked. Whatever their outward shell, these coaches are, at their core, football nerds. Many are among the best teachers in the game and most of them have invented actual stuff - new plays, philosophies, novel ways of thinking, now copied at every level of football."
Obviously, you won't succeed as the HC of a major program like Michigan without certain CEO-type skills -- an eye for talent and ability to delegate wisely, a knack for motivating people to do their best work, alpha-male charisma and confidence, a big-picture view, ability to handle the PR part of the job, etc. But it's become clear that you now also need to be an Xs and Os master on at least one side of the ball (Hoke wasn't), and be able to identify and retain talented assistants to take care of the side where you lack expertise (Rich Rod's problem at UM). The lack of any coordinator experience on Hoke's resume was the biggest red flag when he was hired, and if Brandon had any sense he would've seen it and realized Brady wasn't prepared for the job. You can fault Hoke for putting himself in that situation. But as someone else mentioned in this thread, it takes a lot more humility than most of us possess to turn down one's dream job because you realize the job's too big for you.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Magnuson at RT b/c of Morris possibly at QB?||
Probably lots of factors at play here to explain why the coaches seem to prefer Magnuson at RT and Braden at LG now, but I wonder if the 50/50 possibility of a left-handed starting QB (Morris) has something to do with it. Braden's your prototypical road-grader right tackle, but we've seen his limits in pass protection, and he's probably not the guy you want protecting your QB's blind-side (if Morris wins the job). Magnuson seems to have better feet and be better at pass-blocking in space, so maybe the fit is better for him at RT, and that allows Drevno to use Braden's size on the interior. Just a thought...
Anyway, I'm cautiously optimistic about the prospect of seeing a Michigan OL this fall that's not epically bad or merely average, but actually pretty good!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Chiming in late on this thread||
The answer to the OP's question depends a lot on how old the child in question is... anyway, some great suggestions above. I've got a 9-year-old and an 8-year-old who are both voracious readers (and an 18-month-old who's just now getting into books); here are some books we've enjoyed in our family (our taste tends to run toward older books):
* The Frog & Toad series by Arnold Lobel, mentioned above by a couple folks, are terrific short little stories for kids who are just beginning to read, and have a wry sense of humor that even adults can enjoy.
*Margaret Wise Brown's another wonderful author for very young children -- The Big Red Barn, Goodnight Moon, and so many more.
* Richard Scarry. Need I say more?
* All the old Little Golden Books -- still great.
* Everyone here with kids has probably overdosed on Thomas the Tank Engine, but I'll still put in a good word for the original stories by the Rev. W. Awdry. Can't vouch for any new stories that've been written after the films were made and the whole Thomas marketing machine grew up.
* I'm shocked no one above has mentioned E.B. White. C'mon, people! Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little -- two of the best children's books ever!
* Tomie DePaola's books are wonderfully illustrated and enjoyable reads. If you're Christian/Catholic, you'll enjoy his substantial output of books featuring religious/holiday stories.
* My kids are mystery buffs so they've loved the old Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books -- nothing profound there but still fun to read.
*Someone above mentioned Robert McCloskey, another great one -- particularly wonderful illustrations. Make Way for Ducklings, Time of Wonder, Centerburg Tales (Homer Price)
* Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig -- very funny illustrations and a touching story.
* Some stuff to show your kids how life was for kids before smartphones and TV and air conditioning -- Ralph Moody for boys, Laura Ingalls Wilder for girls.
So many more good ones, including many already mentioned by others above. Thanks to the OP for posting this question and bringing back many fond memories...
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||Bang insanity||
Every Friday I sit at my desk at 8:45am east-coast time to start the workday, pull up MGoBlog, and always find at least 130+ posts already in the Friday POSBANG thread. You guys are insane.
I'm still a little amazed every time I remember that a little over a month from now, a Michigan Wolverine football team will take the field with JIM FRIGGIN' HARBAUGH as its head coach. HARBAUGH!
Happy Friday, and GO BLUE.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||Thanks Mad Hatter||
A welcome relief from the humping-puking dog and dude getting blown up higher up in this thread...
|9 weeks 1 day ago||This is my experience as well - go w/the DE safety razor!||
I'll second all of TheThief's points above. For years I used Mach 3, and then store-brand disposable Mach 3 knock-offs just to save some $. The shaves were OK to pretty good, but I always had more irritation and cuts than I wanted. I'd thought about switching to the old-fashioned double-edge safety razor for a while, and finally made the jump a few months ago and really enjoy it now. Lots of men have made the switch in recent years, so there are tons of resources (books, web forums, YouTube videos, online shaving supply companies) out there to guide a newbie.
There certainly are cons. The upfront cost is not insignificant, though you can soften the blow by stretching it over two months -- first month, get all your prep stuff: a good badger brush and quality shaving cream or soap (and pre/post-shave lotions if you're into that sort of thing). Start with that and focus on making a good lather, while continuing to use your current cartridge blade. Even if you eventually decide to stick with your overpriced cartridge, using a good lather rather than a can of chemical goop will make a dramatic difference in the quality of your shave.
Second month, get your razor (the Edwin Jagger DE89 and the Merkur HD are the consenus favorites for beginners; I chose the Edwin Jagger and like it a lot), and a variety pack of sampler blades (blade brands work dramatically differently for peoples' unique faces; experiment to find the best blade for you). As with any male pursuit, you can turn DE shaving into an obsessive hobby that involves buying lots of different (and expensive) gear, and some dudes really enjoy exploring all the options and products -- but you don't have to geek out too much. Just get a decent brush, razor, cream/soap, and blades, and get going.
As mentioned by others, there is a learning curve, and it's not always pleasant. It takes a lot longer to shave at the beginning; you have to learn your face and how to keep consistent blade angle and pressure in a way you never did with a cartridge. You'll probably have a day -- I did -- a few weeks in when you cut yourself a bunch and got a not-very-close shave, and wonder, "Why the heck did I even try this?" You must push on -- you *will* improve. Your technique will get better and more efficient, you'll find the blade brand that works best for your face, and you'll love it.
And the pros of DE shaving are real. Once you've gotten the hang of it, you'll get closer, more comfortable shaves and the whole shaving experience transforms from a chore to a ritual you'll anticipate. Yes, there's more upfront cost, but a good DE razor like those mentioned above will last a lifetime if cared for properly, and can even be something you pass along to your son. And DE blades are dirt cheap -- over time your cost-per-shave will be way, WAY lower than whatever you're paying now for Mach 3, Fusion, etc.
Sometimes, the older way of doing things *is* better, no matter what corporate marketing departments looking to boost their companies' profit margins tell you.
|11 weeks 19 hours ago||As another on the five-year plan, this makes me laugh||
My last round through this was such a pain in the ass; ChiComs, please help me the next time.
(Actually, screw you, ChiComs.)
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, Phyllis from Mulga!||
The only reason I know about Paul Finebaum is from seeing the fantastic Bama-homer rants of regular caller Phyllis from Mulga featured on ESPN. If any MGoBlog readers haven't heard Phyllis in action, I highly recommend you find the clips on YouTube -- you'll laugh so hard you'll have tears in your eyes. (Sometimes I wonder if Phyllis is on the show's payroll.)
Here's her epic rant againt Colin Cowherd ("Cow-turd"), a particular target of Phyllis's righteous wrath:
"The Dynasty is not over! Do you hear me, Cow-turd? Bama's dynasty has just begun! KISS MY BUTT! Roll Tide!!!"
And here she is going nuts after Bama lost to osu in the national semifinal in January:
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||Pinup Posbang for Memorial Day Weekend||
In honor of those who gave their lives in service to our nation, how about some Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable, two of the great pinups of WW2?
Have a great weekend everyone.
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||There's an entire Buzzfeed list on this phenomenon||
"Fifteen of the Most Deformed Fingers in Sports" -- not for the fainthearted. Check out Anthony Munoz in particular.
My favorite story along these lines is that of Ronnie Lott -- I'd always heard that he got his pinky finger smashed so bad once that the tip actually came off (or, that they cut it off) DURING a game, and he played through it, thus cementing his status as an NFL tough guy. As it turns out, he actually had the tip amputated the following offseason.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Not a world-beater, but we don't need him to be||
Big thanks to Brian for UFR'ing multiple Rudock games to see what exactly we've got in him, showing a nice range of good-to-great Rudock (vs. Northwestern) to meh-mediocre Rudock (vs. Maryland).
Is he the second coming of Andrew Luck? Hell no. But neither is he a guy who's occasionally going to be so awful he'll lose games for you single-handedly. As others have said above, he's low-variance -- and with the kind of defense we expect to have this fall, that's plenty good enough to lead this team to at least 8-9 wins with this year's schedule. And as the previous UFR against Northwestern showed, when this kid has decent protection, he can be pretty darn good -- he's got an accurate arm with some zip that can make all the necessary throws. And unlike every other QB on the roster right now, he's got significant starting experience as a Big Ten QB.
Ideally, Shane Morris is so good in fall camp that he beats out Rudock for the job -- I think his upside (and thus the upside for the offense) is higher, and it would sure be nice going into 2016 with a loaded roster that includes a senior QB with a year of starts under his belt. But worse case, Rudock is your starter with Shane pushing him hard, and then in 2016 you have a senior Morris w/a year of Harbaugh polish ready to take the reins, unless he's beat out by one of O'Korn/Speight/Malzone/Gentry. It's good having multiple bullets in the chamber.
|18 weeks 13 hours ago||This was my thought too||
It's a win-win for all involved. Great for the athletes, obviously. Great for the coaches, especially the small-school guys. And not coincidentally, great for us -- Harbaugh knows that when he succeeds in Ann Arbor, his staff's gonna get poached quite a lot by other schools w/HC or coordinator jobs open. This is just another way for him to network with other up-and-coming coaches and ID talented folks who he might want to join his staff someday. Brilliant stuff.
|18 weeks 18 hours ago||Can't have a posbang w/out Alison||
Where's The Mad Hatter, anyway?
Happy Friday everyone!
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Smith's currently our best RB, which is slightly frustrating||
Another thing this analysis brings home to me: It's a little frustrating that out of our current stable of RBs, the one who seems to have the best instincts, balance, toughness, and vision -- Deveon Smith -- is also the one with the least speed, quickness, and burst. (I'm withholding judgment on Ty Isaac b/c I haven't seen him enough yet.) If you could put those qualities of Smith's in Green or Isaac's body, that would be a dangerous back. But Smith's pretty good, when you also consider his ability to keep getting positive yards after contact. He's not going to bust any 70-yard TDs, but if the guys up front get the job done, he can be a very nice Chris-Howard style back for us.
|22 weeks 18 hours ago||This posbang needs more Alison||
One banger above provided some Alison, but where is Mad Hatter? He's usually early on the Alison Brie beat.
Anyway, here she is, looking for some upvotes!
Happy Friday to all, and Go Blue.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Most interesting thing to me is the QBs||
This draft seems to confirm what we saw in that practice report the other day -- Morris is in front right now, with Malzone close behind, and Speight clearly #3 at this point.
Let's hope all these data points mean the lights have finally come on for Shane.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Tweak or tear, this is still grim news||
Some guys' bodies just aren't built for high-level athletic competition; for whatever reason, they are "injury-prone," even when they take care of themselves properly and rehab the right way, etc. As a Dallas Cowboys fan, I've seen this phenomenon w/Sean Lee -- the guy is a terrific linebacker: smart, hard-hitting, great instincts, makes plays all over the field, a natural leader. But he also can't manage to stay on the field, and had the same problem when he was at Penn St.
I wish Drake the best and hope he gets past this, but it would be wise for all of us to re-calibrate our expectations for him as a Michigan WR from "future superstar" to "any meaningful contribution will be a pleasant surprise."
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Splitting coaching the staff, probably||
That's what I remember from watching videos of the spring game drafts he did as Stanford -- Harbaugh acted as the master of ceremonies, if you will, announcing the choices, but the rest of the coaching staff was split up into two separate rooms and actually drafted the teams.
Another interesting tidbit, re: just how good Andrew Luck was/is -- in one of the videos, one team (probably as a result of a coin flip) got Luck as the first pick, and Harbaugh gave the non-Luck side the next THREE picks to compensate.
Here's the one from 2010: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ivcSnXiPTA
(Drevno sighting at 1:45, btw)
|23 weeks 14 hours ago||MGoBlog, where you get ...||
|23 weeks 18 hours ago||Let's do this...||
Put a little "spring" in your step, MGoBlog friends.
But she reminds you this is a BEWBZ-FREE posbang:
Happy Friday to all!
|24 weeks 18 hours ago||You can never have enough Alison in the posbang||
Happy Friday, everyone.
|24 weeks 19 hours ago||That's a hell of a downvote he's giving there...||
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Sideline sightings||
Devin Funchess looking on from the sidelines at around 2:25, I believe. (Would've been interesting to see how he would've responded to Harbaugh & Co.'s coaching...) And is that Jack Miller taking things in from the sidelines in street clothes at 2:57?
|26 weeks 13 hours ago||Yes -- coaches on the board, weigh in, please||
Showing them how to transition quickly from receiving a shotgun snap into a throw? Something else?
|26 weeks 17 hours ago||I'll see your Alison Brie pic, and raise you a gif||
Chugga chugga choo choo, get your Friday rolling down the tracks, my friends.
|26 weeks 17 hours ago||Hail to the Bangers||
Happy Friday to all, and may winter end soon.